Bacon wrapped dates
Datteri e pancetta
Bacon wrapped dates make the best stuzzichini finger food imaginable. So sweet, salt and crunchy, easy to prepare even in large quantities and absolutely irresistible as a nibble.
According to Wikipedia bacon wrapped dates are also called devils on a horseback, and as such they are variation over ‘angels on a horseback’ that were oysters wrapped in bacon. This would indicate that the hot savoury appetizer is originally a British invention. Today it is served all over the Europe and North America in various interpretations. You can stuff the dates with ricotta or feta cheese, almonds and pistachio, spice them up with a sprig of rosemary, use speck or lardo instead of bacon or pancetta and replace the dates with chestnut or water chestnut. In other words bacon wrapped dates can easily be given a personal touch and twist. This however is the basic recipe.
20 slices of bacon or pancetta
Remove the stones from the fruit.
Wrap each date in a slice of bacon
Skewer each bacon date with a toothpick, if you like
Bake the bacon wrapped dates in a preheated oven at 200 C / 400 F for about 20 minutes until crisp and golden.